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Soccer-Bayern vs Barcelona Champions League match held without fans

File Photo: Soccer-Bayern Munich vFC Barcelona-UEFA Champions League Semifinal Round 2-Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany-12/5/15 Bayern Munich van Reuters / Kaifafenbach before the match

December 3, 2021

(Reuters) – Next week, Barcelona’s Champions League group match in Bayern Munich will take place without fans due to the situation at COVID-19 in Bavaria, Germany, the Liga Club said Friday.

Group E’s second Barca, after Bayern, will face the German side at the Allianz Arena on December 8.

“Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona will be played in a closed room,” said the Spanish club.

“The match that corresponds to the sixth day of the Champions League match will be played at the stadium without fans due to the significant increase in coronavirus cases in Bavaria, Germany in the past few weeks.”

The Manchester City match at RB Leipzig on December 7 will also take place in a closed room after the partial blockade of Saxony, Germany last month.

On Thursday, the German government reintroduced restrictions on sporting events in the face of increasing cases of COVID-19 infection, deciding that the Bundesliga match can only be attended by up to 50% and up to 15,000 spectators.

German officials fear that the fourth wave of COVID-19 risks overwhelming the intensive care unit. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the country recorded 74,352 new infections and 390 deaths on Friday.

Last week, two new Omicron variants were also detected in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Bayern said in a statement that the Bundesliga match at the homes of Mainz 05 (December 11th) and VfL Wolfsburg (December 17th) will also be held in a closed room.

“Playing again in front of an empty stand at the Allianz Arena is a big blow,” said Bayern board member Jan Driesen.

“Without fans, football is only half as beautiful, not to mention the financial implications, but we have to accept that decision.”

(Report by Manasi Pathak in Bangalore, edited by Rohith Nair and Christian Radnedge)



Soccer-Bayern vs Barcelona Champions League match held without fans

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